462 History of Wake Forest College
suitable applicant studying for the ministry." At this meeting Dr.
Hufham resigned his post as corresponding secretary of both boards.
At a joint meeting of all boards of the Convention a month later,
December 11, 1874, the Board decided to employ its own agencies, a
policy which was continued until November, 1914, with much
The first agent under this new plan was Rev. C. T. Bailey, then
pastor of the Baptist church at Warrenton, who was chosen for the
work on December 29, 1874. His compensation was to be twenty per
cent of collections, with expenses paid by the Board. He was
recommended for the place by making the one cheerful speech on the
report of the Board at the meeting of the Convention in November.
With his election the Board regained something of its primal spirit. In
five successive issues it ran an advertisement in the Biblical Recorder,
asking young men purposing to become ministers to correspond with
its Secretary, and asking pastors to furnish information regarding
such. Bailey himself entered upon his work with his characteristic
energy. According to the report of Secretary Royall to the Convention
in November, 1875, "by personal appeals, and appeals through the
Recorder, by extensive correspondence, and the enlisting of others as
agents, he had the gratification of seeing the past session close with
no debt on the Board, and with the number of beneficiaries
considerably enlarged." 14 The treasurer's report for Bailey's
14 Bailey struck a new note in the Biblical Recorder; he appealed to the women
of the churches, heading his first article, "A Word to the Sisters." He finds himself
unexpectedly made the representative of the Baptist women of North Carolina.
What an honor. It happened in this way: at the Convention, after the gloomy report
of the Board of Education and the gloomy speeches he had taken a more hopeful
view and in his zeal had stated that the pious women of the churches would gladly
support all the young men whom God had called to preach the Gospel; he had
pledged them to it. The brethren had believed him and elected him to the work of
collecting the necessary funds. In full confidence that the women would do what he
said the Board had invited all young ministers to come on, as much as to say, "Now
see, sir. what the women will do." And he continued: "I have always liked to be
introduced to ladies. Never saw the day that it did not make me feel better. I wish
now that I knew at least one good woman in every Baptist church in the State. I
would at once appoint her my agent to collect funds and pro-
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